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BMJ: Virginity testing: recommendations for primary care physicians in Europe and North America

January 20, 2020 Sondra S Crosby, Nicolette Oleng, Muriel M Volpellier, Ranit Mishori ABSTRACT: Virginity testing is a complex, culturally mediated practice that is poorly understood by Western clinicians. While advocating for global elimination of the practice of virginity testing as a human rights violation, clinical practice is often more complicated and ethically nuanced, and ...

The Lancet: Truth and torture in the war on terror

November 30, 2019 By George J Annas The Report, Scott Z Burns new thriller, adopts one of two conflicting narratives about post-9/11 torture by the USA. The “Cheney–Brennan narrative” is that torture is a “black art” that must be deployed in national security emergencies to save lives. The counter narrative, the human rights and science-based ...

Go See The Report, Then Let’s Put Torture to Bed For Good

November 14, 2019 By Sondra S. Crosby, Brig. Gen, (Ret.) David R. Irvine, Christian Meissner, and Scott Roehm It was five years ago next month that the Senate intelligence committee released a 525 page redacted executive summary of the Torture Report, the name by which its 6,700 page study of the CIA’s post 9/11 detention and interrogation ...

NEJM: Post-9/11 Torture at CIA “Black Sites” — Physicians and Lawyers Working Together

By George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., and Sondra S. Crosby, M.D. First published: June 11, 2015 In December 2014, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture was released to the public. The 600-page report (a redacted summary of the still-classified 6000-page report) documents in disturbing detail the use by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of ...

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USA TODAY | Not just rapper T.I. : Doctors get requests for sexist, unscientific ‘virginity tests’

November 14, 2019 By Dr. Sondra Crosby and Dr. Ranit Mishori  T.I. isn’t alone in trying to verify his daughter’s ‘purity.’ Even doctors don’t do enough to push back against this gross violation of human rights. American rapper and actor T.I. bragging on a podcast about subjecting his daughter to annual OB-GYN visits to determine whether her hymen ...

Scott Allen, MD, FACP gives Pike Lecture: Family Detention and the Duty of the Medical Profession

November 11, 2019 Dr. Scott Allen delivered the annual Pike Lecture at the Boston University School of Law in November. Dr. Allen is currently a Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Prisoner Health ...

GLP Urges MA Legislators to Pass S834/H3332 An Act Relative to Female Genital Mutilation

FGM Letter to MA Judiciary Committee http://www.janedoe.org/site/assets/docs/Policy_Legislation/FGM%20Factsheet%202019.pdf Senator James B. Eldridge, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 320 Boston, MA 02133 Representative Claire D. Cronin, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 136 Boston, MA 02133 May 13, 2019 Dear Senator Eldridge and Representative Cronin, Global Lawyers and ...

The Intercept: Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and ...

Vice News/ Motherboard: Doctor Who Evaluated Julian Assange Told UN His Confinement Was Torture

A member of a team of physicians that has evaluated Julian Assange’s medical and psychological condition over the past two years told three international human rights groups that the Wikileaks founder has sustained “negative psychological and physical effects” from his seven-year detention in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Motherboard has learned. The doctor believes that ...

BU Today: A BU Physician Once Examined Assange. What Did She Find?

By: BU Today staff A School of Medicine associate professor who specializes in trauma and torture treatment examined WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with two colleagues approximately a year ago, and they then published their findings in the Guardian, writing that Assange’s “continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him, and a clear infringement of ...